Explore European cities: Munich, Venice and Vienna

by Frances Salas
Stripes Europe

Europe is rich in culture, history and fun. Get out of your comfort zone and venture beyond your community. Why not head to one of these incredible cities? 

Munich, Germany 

As the heart of Bavarian Germany, Munich has a culture worthy of celebrating any time of year. St. Michael’s Church features the second largest free-standing vault in the world and the crypt of King Ludwig II — famously known for his lavish fairy-tale castle, Neuschwanstein. Rest your feet from shopping, with a local beer and bratwurst at Augustiner Keller. Once you're recharged, be sure to visit the glockenspiel at Marienplatz. Relive Oktoberfest in the large drinking hall of the infamous Hofbräuhaus, where you can share a fest table and a liter of their best beer. 

Venice, Italy 

Known for its canals, bridges and plazas, Venice has more secrets to reveal than what can be seen on the surface. Enjoy an espresso at a century-old bar, Caffè dei Frari. Venture off the beaten path for lunch and bargain shopping at Taverna Del Campiello Remer, a vaulted cavern that opens up into a secluded square. Buy signature Murano glass at Camuffo and get lost in the Peggy Guggenheim art collection where you will find a signature piece by Jackson Pollock. You'll easily fall in love with Italy by enjoying Venice. 

Vienna, Austria 

Between fresh food vendors at the morning Naschmarkt to trendy clubs in Neustadt, there is something for every one in Vienna. From the Hofburg Imperial Palace, take a horse-drawn carriage to the nearby Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Entrancing artwork can be experienced, including Klimt’s “The Kiss” at the Belvedere Palace, as well as Picasso and Warhol masterpieces found in the avant-garde Museum Quarter. Savor Austrian cheese and caramelized pancakes before watching the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein’s Golden Hall. Or have a comfortable night sipping home-grown Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners at a wine tavern. 

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